2020 Dodge Durango SRT vs. 2020 Volvo XC90

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Safety

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To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Durango SRT. But it costs extra on the XC90.

Both the Durango SRT and the XC90 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

The Dodge Durango SRT weighs 405 to 1183 pounds more than the Volvo XC90. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty

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Dodge’s powertrain warranty covers the Durango SRT 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Volvo covers the XC90. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the XC90 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 9 times as many Dodge dealers as there are Volvo dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Durango SRT’s warranty.

Reliability

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The Dodge Durango SRT’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the XC90’s engines use an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Dodge vehicles are better in initial quality than Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Dodge 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 24 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 28th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Dodge vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Dodge 28th in reliability. With 26 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 29th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Dodge vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Dodge 16 places higher in reliability than Volvo.

Engine

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The Durango SRT’s 6.4 V8 produces 225 more horsepower (475 vs. 250) and 212 lbs.-ft. more torque (470 vs. 258) than the XC90 T5’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder. The Durango SRT’s 6.4 V8 produces 159 more horsepower (475 vs. 316) and 175 lbs.-ft. more torque (470 vs. 295) than the XC90 T6’s standard 2.0 turbo/supercharged 4-cylinder. The Durango SRT’s 6.4 V8 produces 75 more horsepower (475 vs. 400) than the XC90 T8’s standard 2.0 turbo/supercharged 4-cylinder hybrid.

As tested in Car and Driver the Dodge Durango SRT is faster than the Volvo XC90:

Durango SRT

XC90 T6

XC90 T8

Zero to 60 MPH

4.7 sec

6.4 sec

5.3 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

12.1 sec

17.3 sec

14.6 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

5.1 sec

7.4 sec

5.8 sec

Quarter Mile

13.3 sec

15 sec

14 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

104 MPH

94 MPH

98 MPH

Top Speed

160 MPH

132 MPH

132 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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An engine control system that can shut down some of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Durango SRT’s fuel efficiency. The XC90 doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

The Durango SRT has 6.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the XC90 Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (24.6 vs. 18.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Durango SRT has 5.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the XC90’s standard fuel tank (24.6 vs. 18.8 gallons).

Transmission

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The Durango SRT’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The XC90 doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Durango SRT’s brake rotors are larger than those on the XC90:

Durango SRT

XC90 T5/T6

XC90 T8

Front Rotors

15 inches

13.6 inches

14.4 inches

Rear Rotors

13.8 inches

12.6 inches

13.4 inches

The Durango SRT stops much shorter than the XC90:

Durango SRT

XC90

70 to 0 MPH

167 feet

184 feet

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Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Durango SRT has larger tires than the XC90 (295/45R20 vs. 235/55R19). The Durango SRT’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the XC90 (295/45R20 vs. 275/45R20).

The Durango SRT’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the XC90’s standard 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Durango SRT has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 19-inch wheels are standard on the XC90.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the Durango SRT can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The XC90 doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The Durango SRT has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The XC90’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The front and rear suspension of the Durango SRT uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the XC90, which uses transverse leafs springs in the rear. Coil springs compress more progressively and offer more suspension travel for a smoother ride with less bottoming out.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Durango SRT’s wheelbase is 2.3 inches longer than on the XC90 (119.8 inches vs. 117.5 inches).

The Durango SRT handles at .87 G’s, while the XC90 T6 AWD pulls only .77 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis

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The Durango SRT uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The XC90 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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The Durango SRT has 1 inch more front headroom, 1 inch more front hip room, .8 inches more front shoulder room, 1.3 inches more rear headroom, 1.6 inches more rear legroom, 1.2 inches more rear shoulder room, 1.5 inches more third row headroom, 1.6 inches more third row legroom and 3.5 inches more third row shoulder room than the XC90.

Cargo Capacity

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The Durango SRT’s cargo area provides more volume than the XC90.

Durango SRT

XC90

Behind Third Seat

17.2 cubic feet

12.6 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

43.3 cubic feet

35.6 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

85.1 cubic feet

65.5 cubic feet

Towing

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The Durango SRT’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the XC90’s (8700 vs. 4000 pounds).

Servicing Ease

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The engine in the Durango SRT is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the XC90. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because the accessory belts are in front.

A maintenance reminder system is standard on the Durango SRT to save the owner time and money by calculating maintenance intervals for oil changes based on actual driving conditions. This takes the guesswork out of keeping your vehicle in top condition and helps it last longer. Volvo doesn’t offer a maintenance reminder on the XC90.

Ergonomics

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The Durango SRT’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The XC90 does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The Durango SRT has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The XC90 doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Durango SRT has standard extendable sun visors. The XC90 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Durango SRT has a standard heated steering wheel to take the chill out of steering on extremely cold winter days before the vehicle heater warms up. A heated steering wheel costs extra on the XC90.

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The Dodge Durango outsold the Volvo XC90 by 89% during 2019.

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